On 7 January 2015, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) amended rules for foreign professionals working in Taiwan. Among the latest amendments, foreign professionals that have a bachelor’s degree or higher are no longer required to have work experience to work at qualifying startups. Qualifying startups are those that meet one of the following criteria outlined as part of the National Development Council’s HeadStart Taiwan project:
- Have received NT$2 million or more in venture capital,
- Have registered on the Go Incubation Board for Startup and Acceleration Firms (GISA) with the GreTai Securities Market (as of March 2015 known as Taipei Exchange),
- Have been granted an invention patent in Taiwan, or have had a patent assigned or licensed to exploit by a Taiwanese invention patent holder, the assignment or license of which is registered with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO),
- Incubators already part of the international startup cluster in Taipei approved by the Executive Yuan or directly operated by or cooperating with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and which have been rated as Quality Incubators by the Ministry in the last three years or,
- Have won awards in recognized entrepreneurial or design competitions.
HeadStart Taiwan’s main objectives are to create an environment that supports the growth of Taiwan’s startup ecosystem through deregulation, attracting capital, and cluster building. For more information, please refer to the NDC’s website here.